After garnering widespread praise (and an Oscar nomination for screenwriting) for his 2000 directorial debut You Can Count on Me Kenneth Lonergan was in-demand. In September 2005 the writer/director began production on a follow-up feature: Margaret which touted Anna Paquin Matt Damon Mark Ruffalo Matthew Broderick Allison Janney as well as legendary filmmakers Sydney Pollack and Anthony Minghella (The English Patient) as producers. The movie wrapped production in a few months time. The buzz was already growing.
Now six years later the movie is finally hitting theaters. So…what took so long?
The journey to this point hasn't been an easy one and it shows. If a film's shot footage is a block of granite and the editing process is the careful carving that turns it into a statuesque work of art Margaret feels like it was attacked by a blind man with a jackhammer. The film is a cinematic disaster a mishmash of shallow characters overwrought politics and sporadic tones. The story follows Lisa Coen (Paquin) a New York teenager who finds herself drowning in chaos after distracting a bus driver (Ruffalo) causing him to hit and kill a pedestrian (Janney). Initially Lisa tells the police it was all an accident but as time passes regret takes hold and the girl embarks on a mission to take down the man she now regards as a culprit. That's just the tip of the iceberg–along the way Lisa deals with everyday teen stuff: falling for her geometry teacher (Damon) combating her anxiety-ridden actress mother losing her virginity dabbling in drugs debating 9/11 and the Iraq War cultivating a relationship with her father in LA and more. There are about eight seasons of television stuffed into Margaret but even a two and a half hour run time can't make it all click.
For more on Margaret check out Indie Seen: Margaret the Long Lost Anna Paquin/Matt Damon Movie
Jason Biggs, Eugene Levy, and Seann William Scott have all accepted offers to appear in American Reunion, the fifth (sixth? Who knows how many direct-to-DVD sequels they made. And if they count at all) sequel to the American Pie franchise. Scott accepted, despite the fact that he checked himself into treatment earlier this week. Guess he needed to clean himself up before playing an alcoholic slacker douche. Method acting, you guys!
Anyway, Universal is still in talks with most of the original cast because it just wouldn’t be a real American Pie reunion without Thomas Ian Nicholas, Tara Reid, Mena Suvari and Jennifer Coolidge. Know who else they’re talking to? CHRIS MOTHER FUCKING KLEIN! MIGHT AS WELL GIVE HIM THE OSCAR NOW BITCHES. THE KLEIN TRAIN IS PULLING BACK INTO THE STATION OF KICK-ASS! OH YEEEEEEAH!
Meanwhile, Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, the writer/director behind the underappreciated Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, will handle the writing and directing duties for the reunion. The original American Pie writers and directors, Adam Herz and Paul and Chris Weitz, will executive produce.
Wait. We’re missing someone very important here. WHERE’S ALYSON HANNIGAN, FOOLS? She’s the only female cast member to find steady work post-Pie and she’s not going to be in the reunion? GASP! Does that mean her and Biggs' character got a divorce? NOOOOOO!
Source: Hollywood Reporter
Although it's not the Arrested Development movie quite yet, there is a reunion of sorts in the hopper. Series creator/executive producer Mitch Hurwitz, co-star Will Arnett and co-executive producer Jim Vallely are teaming for another single-camera Fox comedy, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The project is being written by the trio and will star Arnett as a rich Beverly Hills jackass who falls in love with a charitable tree-hugging woman who can't stand his lifestyle or values.
Produced by Sony TV and studio-based Tantamount, the project is the first to come out of the development pact that Arnett and Fox sealed in October.
Hurwitz is executive producing with his producing partners at Tantamount, Eric Tannenbaum and Kim Tannenbaum; Vallely; and Peter Principato and Paul Young. Arnett is also a producer.
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